Bay County Audubon Society   
                P.O. Box 1182
                   Panama City, Florida  32402

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Upcoming Events
Plants for Birds
Click on the following link to view a recording of our recent symposium “Birds, Bugs, and Berries”
May 26,2018 Camp Helen State Park
Photo by Emily Ellis
 This will be a Zoom presentation aired live on Monday evening  Look for your email invitation about one week before the meeting.

March 8, 2021 Membership Meeting
Kennard Watson, director of Panama City Beach Turtle Watch, will present,  "Turtle Watch: protecting sea turtles on Panama City Beach since 1991." 
This presentation will discuss how PCB TW protects nesting and hatchling sea turtles on PCB. Our monitoring and protection efforts have changed over the past 30 years as we have learned more about the threats facing sea turtles on our beach. The presentation will discuss measures to mitigate these threats, including improved regulations to reduce lights from beachfront development, the principal danger to turtles on our urban beach. PCB TW is also partnering with Audubon Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to protect nesting shorebirds on PCB. The presentation will conclude with information on volunteer opportunities for the 2021 nesting season.

"Bay County Audubon Society, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion(creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin(ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations."
Saturday, March 27, 2021 Camp Helen Monthly Bird Survey
We will meet @ the Camp Helen front gate at 6:00 am sharp. Although we typically finish birding about noon, you can spend as much or as little time as you like. 
Please RSVP [only necessary if you plan to come] to so we have an idea of how many participants to wait for at the gate. Bring binoculars, scope [if you have one], water and snacks, hat and sunscreen. Looking forward to it!

Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our field trips will be adhering to recommended guidelines to prevent spread of the disease. If you are immunocompromised or have serious medical problems, you may not want to participate. If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, please stay home. Masks are strongly recommended, at least for the first part of the trip where we gather to start our hike. Carpooling is not recommended, except, of course, by members of the same household. For that reason, all our trips are local. We hope to continue longer trips next season. You are advised to bring hand sanitizer and are asked not to share food, optics or other items. Our groups will consist of no more than 10 people. If we have more than that, we will break up into separate groups.  
 Jonas Beyer
Friday, March 5, 2021 Eden Gardens State Park This is a combined birding/plant trip with members of the Sweetbay chapter of Florida Native Plant Society. Eden Gardens is a 163-acre park featuring acres of very large, moss-covered oaks, camellias, azaleas and lots of other beautiful plants. Native plants are also featured. There is a nature trail we will walk. The centerpiece of the park is the Wesley Mansion, a two-story house with columns built in 1897. It is open to limited tours. This is the setting of the forgettable 1972 film, "Frogs"  Park entry fee $4. Meet at 8:00 - 8:15 in the main parking lot. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks, as well as your cameras and binoculars. This picturesque park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. It is about 32 miles west of Panama City just off Hwy 98 on County Road 395. Turn right at the intersection and drive 1 mile to the park entrance. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we won't be carpooling but those who feel safe with close friends or family may choose to do so. Please bring and wear a mask. Easy walking. The plan is to divide into two groups for those interested in birding or plant study
Saturday, March 13- St. Andrews State Park. Join us for this easy birding walk around Gator Lake, the Jetties and the primitive camping area. Early migrants may be present. Bring your binoculars, hiking shoes, snacks and drinks. Please wear your masks and do not share optics unless sanitizing procedures are done after each use. We will provide sanitizing wipes. Meet at the parking area at Gator Lake at 8:15AM. The park opens at 8:00.